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by Daniel C. Dennett

Download Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology epub
ISBN: 0855275855
ISBN13: 978-0855275853
Category: Science
Subcategory: Behavioral Sciences
Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Language: English
Publisher: Branch Line (May 24, 1979)
Pages: 241 pages
ePUB size: 1629 kb
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Rating: 4.4
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I dislike this book on 2 grounds: One is style, the other content. His style is way too verbose, much of the time saying essentially nothing while filling pages with excess verbiage. He often begins with what I initially assumed to be a prelude to some significant point, such as some boring anecdote. The trouble is, the point never seems to arrive. It was a tedious detour to nowhere. He uses ridiculously long sentences to say what could could be said in much shorter sentences. Ditto paragraphs and whole chapters. "Never use a paragraph where 3 chapters will suffice", to quote another commentator's view on his writing style. Regarding content, many of his positions (if you can identify what his position is) seem absurd. For example, he dedicates a whole chapter titled "Are Dreams Experiences?" Does not this question itself seem absurd, i.e., Is it not obvious that dreams ARE experiences ? That is, they are in fact subjective states we call "experiences". He rambles on with tedious quibbles about dreams, their ability to be remembered, questions of function, rather than the bare fact of experience itself. It is in this, and in many of his writings, that he never faces up to David Chalmer's "Hard Problem of Consciousness".
I am yet to read this book but have heard about it a lot. Looking forward to reading it first-hand this semester. The book arrived in 2 days, very promptly and in excellent condition. I have deducted half a star because the book had highlights in a few pages and the seller had not mentioned this... Otherwise an excellent copy...
Daniel Dennett's first major work, Brainstorms, is collection of essays relating loosely in subject matter, that is to say, artificial intelligence, consciousness, philosophy of the mind and biology, and philosophy of action; and totally independent in written structure. The essays are each written as a stand alone work. His infamous "On giving libertarians what they say they want," the very essay that began the near half decade debate between the author and libertarian Robert Kane, first appeared in this collection. The work is fantastic, in that it achieves precisely what it attempts to; it inspires, by agreement or otherwise, a new intensity and illuminates new horizons in any reader interested or involved in the study of the subject matter. Highly recommended for intermediate students of Philosophy of Mind; the else should consider reading something more accessible.
This book is easily my personal favorite out of all the Daniel Dennet work that I've read. Fantastic insights into psychology in particular. Brainstorms is a challenging but rewarding read.
I must give credit to Dennett for trying very hard to make his ideas clear, because he does a better job than most philosophers, but the book is still a bit boring.